World History

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The World History Project

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Welcome to the World History Project. This organization is dedicated to making a free, open-content, standardized textbook on World History based on the AP World History Standard. The goal is to create a standard of quality which will suffice for a secondary and post-secondary environment. The World History Project is the "brains" behind the organization. We are a set of regular contributors who organize and give the major guidance to the World History page. We welcome contribution of any who wish to help (whether as part of the World History Project or no), as well as collaboration with other projects - contact us here at our main discussion page or here at our Staff quarters.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it...

—George Santayana

If history always repeats itself, and we are to expect the unexpected, how incapable must man be to not learn from it?

—Farmers Almanac

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Operation: Blank Check- Finalization of structure and basic articles- See The Rise of Dictatorship and Totalitarianism for an example of the type of article completeness desired Current

Prologue - An Introduction to World history and the Advanced Placement examination

  1. Ancient Civilizations - Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, and other cultures
  2. Ancient Greece and Alexander the Great - From Minoans to the rise of Hellenistic Empires, through Alexander the Great
  3. World Religions - Religions of the past and present.
  4. The First Chinese Dynasties - From Mythical Period to The Xia, Shang, and Zhou dynasties
  5. Civilization and Empires in the Indian Subcontinent - Indus Valley Civilization and the Mauryan and Gupta Empires
  6. The Roman Empire
  7. The Unification of China
  8. Middle Eastern Empires and the spread of Islam.
  9. The Middle Ages in Europe- - The beginning of the west
  10. The Norman empire- - The beginning of England
  11. Precolumbian History of the Americas - Immigration of ancient peoples, Mexico, Mesoamerica, and North/South America
  12. Ancient Kingdoms of Africa - Eastern and Western African nations through colonization
  13. Changes in Eurasia - Mongol Conquest and Aftermath
  14. The Renaissance in Europe
  15. Age of Discovery & Imperialism
  16. Religious Wars in Europe
  17. The Rise of Nationalism and the Nation-state
  18. Revolution, Change, and philosophy - English Civil War and Bill of Rights, American, French, and Glorious Revolutions, the spread of Democratic and Libertarian ideas
  19. Napoleonic Europe and Reactionism
  20. The Industrial Revolution - Its beginnings and consequences.
  21. Changes in East Asia
  22. The Age of Imperialism, Part II
  23. Causes and course of the First World War
  24. Effects of the First World War
  25. The Russian Socialist Revolution - The Russian Revolution, Civil War, and the advent of Communism
  26. The Interwar Years - The Great Depression and the changes in society and culture during the interwar period
  27. The Rise of Dictatorship and Totalitarianism - Fascism and the like.
  28. Causes and course of the Second World War - The Axis and Allies.
  29. Consequences of the Second World War - The shift of powers, and the change of world order.
  30. The Collapse of Imperialism - Freedom, Change, and Revolution - The end of the Empires
  31. The Cold War
  32. The World Economy
  33. A New Millennium - Challenges and developments in the present day.


  1. Conflicts
  2. Major Figures
  3. Technology
  4. Preparing for the AP Exam


  1. Authors